Self Aware

I read an article recently where a woman was talking about being self aware. Being self aware means you are…well…aware of your self. You can see your faults, even the really unpleasant ones and are always trying to understand who you are on a deeper level.

I find that a lot of people are not self aware. You might point out something that they do, that they might consider a negative thing and they are shocked and dismayed you said such a thing! What are you talking about?? I am not a meat eater, I just occasionally like to have a steak with my wine!

It’s not easy to be self aware, it means being willing to accept qualities about yourself that are unflattering. Myself? I am overly emotional, I have high expectations of others and situations that often leave me disappointed, I can be extremely judgmental, I put too much trust in others sometimes while never really trusting anyone and the one I hate most I am lazy. This is just the tip of the iceberg.

We, as a society, are afraid to acknowledge our faults. Is there something you have heard over and over again by several people but you continue to get defensive about it? Maybe there is a hint of truth to it and you just really don’t want to see it.

I think a big part of my issue is that people always want to blame others for what is going wrong with their lives or when something goes wrong. Some kind of tragedy happens and everyone runs for cover and starts throwing blame at wherever it will stick. Do you really believe you are not to blame or are you just too afraid to be honest?

I honestly feel the world would be a better place if we took the time to be self aware and to take responsibility for our actions.

13 Comments

  1. J.

    May 26, 2010 at 9:54 am

    OMG! STANDING OVATION!!!!!!!!
    I’d like to give out an “OWN YOUR SHIT” t-shirt to a few people I know.

  2. Grant

    May 26, 2010 at 10:25 am

    I am aware of the fact that I am perfect in every way and could never possibly improve. It’s a burden being as great as me.

    1. Robin

      May 26, 2010 at 1:07 pm

      @Grant: I know I’m greatly burdened.

  3. Maureen

    May 26, 2010 at 11:14 am

    Oh, me too! We should form a club, but how would we ever choose a president? We’re all just perfect 🙂

    1. Robin

      May 26, 2010 at 1:08 pm

      @Maureen: the club meeting would go "who is awesome?" "us" "meet adjourned"

  4. Jennifer

    May 26, 2010 at 11:27 am

    Ditto on the lazy thing…….and I wholeheartedly agree with you!!!

    1. Robin

      May 26, 2010 at 1:08 pm

      @Jennifer: i was nearly too lazy to respond to this.

  5. Pauline

    May 26, 2010 at 1:05 pm

    Most people have no idea how they come across sometimes, and when you hint at their rudeness, they get defensive. (Its not my fault you’re being an insensitve jerk, mmkay?)

    I am more self aware now then I used to be, and am trying to improve my faults. It’s not easy, but ultimately worthwhile for long term happiness.

  6. Avitable

    May 27, 2010 at 2:30 am

    I agree – it’s very important to be aware how your words and actions impact others. It’s not your responsibility to make sure that other people aren’t offended or hurt, but a “do unto others” attitude is essential.

    1. Robin

      May 27, 2010 at 8:05 am

      @Avitable: Yes, I agree completely. I am always trying to consider what i’m saying and doing and how I’d feel if it were me.

  7. bubblewench

    May 27, 2010 at 7:34 am

    No one is perfect. This is a spectacular post. Totally agree and personal accountability seems to be missing in quite a few people.

  8. Emily

    June 1, 2010 at 11:40 pm

    @Jennifer: i was nearly too lazy to respond to this.

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